Two American women journalists to be tried soon

first_imgNews As doubt persists on North Korea’s “zero” coronavirus cases, RSF urges for transparency Organisation April 24, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two American women journalists to be tried soon News North KoreaAsia – Pacific Campaigns Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders condemns the North Korean government’s decision to charge and try the two American reporters, Laura Ling and Euna Lee, who were arrested at the Chinese border on 17 March. They are accused of entering the country illegally, spying and “hostile activities,” but in reality they were just trying to report the fate of North Korean refugees at the border.“We deplore the way the authorities are treating these two women as criminals when in fact they were just doing their job as journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said. “There is every reason to fear that North Korea’s opaque judicial system will not give them due process. But we hope the country’s leaders will heed the many calls for their release.”North Korea’s official KCNA news agency announced in a brief dispatch today: “A competent organ of the DPRK (North Korea) concluded the investigation into the journalists of the United States. The organ formally decided to refer them to a trial on the basis of the confirmed crimes committed by them.”If found guilty, Ling and Lee face up to 10 years of forced labour. Article 63 of the penal code regarding “crimes” against North Korea provides for jail terms of five to ten years for foreigners gathering information inside the country. They work for the San Francisco-based online television station Current TV.Around 1,500 journalists and bloggers have already signed a petition in support of Ling and Lee that was launched by Reporters Without Borders and the International Women’s Media Foundation. You can sign the petition. November 18, 2019 Find out more North KoreaAsia – Pacific center_img News Follow the news on North Korea RSF_en to go further Receive email alerts “Without independent journalism, this would be the news” – RSF’s new ad Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world July 6, 2020 Find out more April 1, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

Overnight vandalism to numerous trees on the Port Road, Letterkenny

first_imgHomepage BannerNews 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Previous articleBrian Mc Cormick Cup Area FinalsNext articleJackie Crossan Premier Division admin Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Cllr Gerry McMonagleThere has been overnight vandalism to a number of trees on the Port Road in Letterkenny.A significant amount of branches were broken off the trees that line the road close to L.Y.I.T.There was also a number of road signs strewn across the road, posing a hazard to drivers.Mayor of Letterkenny, Cllr Gerry McMonagle came across the scene this morning.Cllr McMonagle says he’s outraged at the incident:Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By admin – August 30, 2015 center_img Overnight vandalism to numerous trees on the Port Road, Letterkenny Google+ Twitter Pinterest Pinterest Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry last_img read more

FIRST TWENTY20 : Bairstow, Hales guide England to crushing win

first_img(REUTERS) – Jonny Bairstow struck a sublime unbeaten 60 to lead England to a dominant nine-wicket victory over South Africa in the first Twenty20 international in Southampton yesterday.South Africa chose to bat and laboured to 142 for three before Bairstow and Alex Hales shared a superb unbroken second-wicket partnership of 98 to guide the hosts to their target with 5.3 overs to spare.“I’m trying to progress all the time and I played a few shots I didn’t have a few months ago,” said man-of-the-match Bairstow.“I’m feeling good, I was really pleased. The lads bowled outstandingly well; to take wickets up front is what we wanted and then our spinners tied them down.”David Willey bowled JJ Smuts with the first ball of the match and South Africa quickly subsided to 32 for three.Captain AB de Villiers (65 not out) and Farhaan Behardien (64 not out) shared an unbroken stand of 110 but they never broke free from the shackles imposed by a disciplined England attack and the total always looked below-par.England openers Jason Roy and Hales plundered 45 off the first four overs before Roy, playing a risky reverse sweep, was trapped lbw by Andile Phehlukwayo for 28.But Hales (47 not out) and Bairstow looked completely untroubled by a toothless South Africa attack, hitting four sixes and nine fours between them to cruise to their target.Both teams were playing their first matches since the Champions Trophy in which hosts England lost to Pakistan in the semi-finals and top-ranked South Africa failed to advance from the group stage.“It is difficult to sum up the performance. The result doesn’t look good for us. We lost our way at the start, had to rebuild and we were 20-30 runs short in the end, which probably cost us,” de Villiers said.The second game of the three-match series is in Taunton tomorrow.last_img read more

IHOC : Despite losses, SU defense continues to strengthen

first_img Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on January 30, 2012 at 12:00 pm Contact David: [email protected] | @DBWilson2center_img It didn’t take long for Syracuse to lose its first defender. Akane Hosoyamada played in just seven games before suffering a season-ending leg injury.Then Christina LaCombe, who hasn’t played since December, left the team for personal reasons, leaving SU with just six. But the shorthanded defensive lineup has played admirably for the Orange thus far.‘I think there’s a certain amount of confidence amongst the group when they sense that they know they’re playing,’ SU head coach Paul Flanagan said. ‘They can never determine how much ice time they’re going to get. That comes from coaching, but I think that maybe they feel a little bit more secure in their position.’With only three defensive pairings left for the rest of the season, the Syracuse defenders actually feel they’ve improved without two of their teammates. By earning more playing time each night, the players know their set roles and have developed confidence on the ice. The Orange (9-16-3, 0-3-3 College Hockey America) will need its defense to continue to improve and play strong as it searches for its first conference victory with just six games left in the regular season.SU defender Jacquie Greco in particular has benefited from an increased role on defense. Early in the season the junior found herself oftentimes a healthy scratch. Now, she has become one of Syracuse’s top defenders and gained confidence with each game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textShe said the players know they have to push each other to stay sharp physically and mentally as the team enters the final stretch of the season.‘We know we have nothing to lose, so we put all our effort out there,’ Greco said. ‘Competitive play within a team is really good, but sometimes it isn’t good and us six are able to work together. We know who we work with best. We know how to work with other people, so I think it’s actually helping us.’Greco’s consistent presence in the lineup also gives the Orange another offensive threat. The assistant captain has played forward in addition to defense. Though she likely won’t be used on offense with the lack of depth defensively, she can provide a scoring punch around the net when needed.‘It gives me a little edge because I can do both,’ Greco said. ‘I can go up if I think it helps me in my advantage and then I can help out on ‘D,’ and even when I was playing forward I was the first back-checker back, and I can help out the ‘D.’ Being both positions you know what both positions need help with.’Brittany Krebs has also stepped up to fill the void left on defense. Like Greco, Krebs rarely saw the ice last season and early this year, but with Hosoyamada and LaCombe both out, the sophomore has tallied four points and played well defensively in 25 games this season.Flanagan said he has been impressed with how all six defenders have responded to the challenges without Hosoyamada and LaCombe. He specifically pointed out Greco and Krebs for their seamless transition into the lineups in the second half of the season.Flanagan said it was unfortunate for the program to lose LaCombe for personal reasons. She last played on Dec. 3 against Lindenwood and later left Syracuse. It was especially tough for her cousin, Allie LaCombe, who was emotional following her departure. But the Orange defenders battled through it.This year’s SU defense has been through plenty of turmoil with injuries and departures, but the group has emerged as one of the strengths of a team that has struggled to score goals. In Syracuse’s first win in 10 games last Saturday, the defense withstood 55 shots by Quinnipiac as goaltender Kallie Billadeau made 53 saves to preserve a 3-2 victory.For Flanagan, the defense’s resilience is a testament to the depth and character of this group of players.‘Just going through some adversity and the numbers, that’s why you have to have some depth, and we continue to try to develop that through our recruiting,’ Flanagan said. ‘If we had lost two of our better ‘D’ last year or the year before, it would have been devastating. I just give credit to these kids for being prepared.’[email protected]last_img read more

Arsenal now target Chelsea ace Juan Mata

first_imgAccording to Daily Mail, Gunners are being kept updated with regards to the former Valencia man’s future with a view to launching an audacious swoop should Chelsea decide to sell.Manager Arsene Wenger came close to landing Mata in 2011, but Chelsea pipped the Gunners to the 25-year-old.Mata has become one of the Premier League’s best ever imports, winning the Champions League, Europa League and FA Cup since his arrival.Chelsea insist the player is not for sale this summer, but Arsenal will continue to watch the situation carefully should their stance change.Reports emerged earlier this week that either Mata or David Luiz could be used as makeweights in Chelsea’s move for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney.But Mourinho rubbished the prospect, saying there was ‘no chance’ either player would be sold this summer. “I spoke with them during the summer but when they finished the Confederations Cup I wished them luck and told them I will see them on July 28,” said the Chelsea boss.‘I have told them they are very important for me. How can I change that two days later? So, no contact with them.’Mata scored 11 Premier League goals last season and notched up 13 assists, earning him the club’s player of the year award for the second successive season.Arsenal are also chasing a number of other targets, with the north-London club hoping to bring any one of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez, Manchester United’s Wayne Rooney or Real Madrid’s Gonzalo Higuain to the club as a marquee summer signing.last_img read more